- Tasting of fresh truffles and extra virgin olive oil in Tuscany -
-TRUFFLE HUNTING & OIL MILL TOUR  

Private full-day truffle hunting and oil press tour with tasting of specialties

Explanation about where truffles grow




An oil press working during the olive harvest

 




Truffle hunter & dog cooperating

 




A "lagotto romagnolo", the most common breed
of truffle dog

 

For people visiting Tuscany one of the most interesting activities is visiting the local producers of exquisite specialties. There is an incredible density of food producers of all sorts and meeting them or seeing how they work is an unforgettable experience.
Arianna & Friends organizes full-day truffle hunting tours followed by a lunch of truffle products along with the visit to a local oil press.



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An English speaking private tour leader (on request also German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian are available) meets you in the morning and accompanies you to the premises of a local truffle hunter. Together with the hunter, his dog and the guide you walk into the surrounding woods, in the charming area of the Pisan hills, for a truffle hunting session of 1.5 hours.
After the walk in the woods, you get back to the hunter's place, which is also a famous shop of fresh truffles, and taste truffle oil, truffle sauces and very original truffle-based products like honey, balsamico and cheese. The truffle hunting walk is followed by a delicious lunch based on truffle products and fresh truffles.

In the afternoon, you drive for about 25 minutes and reach a lovely oil press in the middle of a very scenic countryside, owned by a company that also breeds cinta senese pigs and produces excellent salami and prosciutto.

At first you will get a detailled introduction to the world of extra virgin olive oil, the techniques of olive collection, the kinds of trees available in Tuscany and the "mentality" of the local olive farmers.
Then you enter the mill and see the whole machinery. The tour leader helps you discover all the phases of the olive pressing process and the secrets for a good extra virgin olive oil.
After the visit, you sit at a table and the tour guide together with an operator from the mill serve you different types of extra virgin olive oil along with some salamis and cold cuts of local production. This is a great occasion for you to learn how to taste exquisite olive oil and to understand the differences between a traditional local production and a massive industrial production.
From late October to ealy December it is possible to see the squeezing process at the mill.

Please, note that during the white truffle season, because of the high cost of white truffle, a surcharge applies. See rates below.






Scorzone truffles, available in Summer


Just found one!


A plate of truffle-based products


The white truffle available in central Tuscany

Marzolino and Scorzone truffles



Freshly pressed olive oil

Fresh white truffles sliced on fried egg

Some truffles just collected



Olive oil getting out of the press

Lardo di colonnata served with honey



Cinta senese pigs used for making salamis

The oil press during the olive harvest




 

 


Rates and enquiries

 

 

PRIVATE FULL-DAY TOUR WITH TRUFFLE HUNTING
WALK, TRUFFLE BASED LUNCH
AND VISIT TO AN OIL MILL


- Rates 2015 - From January through August -
Season of the Black truffle and the Marzolino truffle

Number of people
in your party
Total rate
1 person
€ 300
2 persons
€ 320
3 persons
€ 370
4 persons
€ 420
5 persons
€ 470
6 persons
€ 520
7 persons
€ 570
8 persons
€ 620
9 persons
€ 670
10 persons
€ 720
extra person
€ 50
child 4-12 y.o.
€ 25
DURATION OF THIS TOUR: 5 HOURS


RATES INCLUDE:


+ an English speaking tour leader for the whole tour
+ a visit to the truffle shop
+ a walk in the wood with truffle searcher and dog
+ a lunch based on truffle products
+ a visit to an oil press
+ tasting of extra virgin olive oil & salami with snacks
+ tax


RATES DO NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION
For more info on transportation, please see the box below.


The tour leader is available also in German, Spanish, French, Russian or Italian
with no surcharge.

 

PRIVATE FULL-DAY TOUR WITH TRUFFLE HUNTING
WALK, TRUFFLE BASED LUNCH
AND VISIT TO AN OIL MILL


- Rates 2015 - From September through December -
Season of the White truffle

Number of people
in your party
Total rate
1 person
€ 330
2 persons
€ 360
3 persons
€ 425
4 persons
€ 480
5 persons
€ 535
6 persons
€ 590
7 persons
€ 645
8 persons
€ 700
9 persons
€ 755
10 persons
€ 810
extra person
€ 60
child 4-12 y.o.
€ 25
DURATION OF THIS TOUR: 5 HOURS


RATES INCLUDE:


+ an English speaking tour leader for the whole tour
+ a visit to the truffle shop
+ a walk in the wood with truffle searcher and dog
+ a lunch based on truffle products
+ a visit to an oil press
+ tasting of extra virgin olive oil & salami with snacks
+ tax


RATES DO NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION
For more info on transportation, please see the box below.


The tour leader is available also in German, Spanish, French, Russian or Italian
with no surcharge.

 



Transportation

Rates do not include transportation.

MORE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FOR THIS TOUR
This tour takes place in the area of San Miniato and Terricciola, a rural region between Pisa and Florence where little public transport service is offered.
Here are the transportation options for you to reach the destinations of the tour.
1.
- CAR RENTAL
We can help you find the best car rental solution from your hotel, agriturismo or private villa. We will book your car and give you detailled road instructions to meet us for the tour. If you rented your car on your own we will give you just any necessary road instruction.
2.
- VESPA SCOOTER RENTAL
You can add some action to this tour! Rent a Vespa scooter from our garage in Pontedera and ride it throughout the tour. Our guide will meet you in Pontedera and you will follow him/her to the several destinations.
3.
- CHAUFFEURED CAR RENTAL
Enjoy all the comfort of a private driver collecting you at your location on a luxury van! We will arrange a chauffeured car service from any location in Tuscany for the whole day of the tour.







Testimonials from our guests

 

COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS

This is an email we received from Libby and her husband who spent two days with us, including our truffle hunting tour:

We spent two days with Massimo touring a cheese factory, an olive mill and the greatest adventure of all -- truffle hunting with a man and his dog. All three experiences were some of the best I've had in Italy mainly because Massimo tailors the tours to your individual needs and expectations. He is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. He explained in detail the processes used in each industry as well as the history of the region. I learned more about truffles and olive oil than I ever knew in the twelve years I've been coming to Italy. I highly recommend Massimo, as well as the company Arianna & Friends, for a very special adventure tour in Italy.

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